Nox Arcana

Nox Arcana

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Nox Arcana Nox Arcana was formed in 2003 by Joseph Vargo and William Piotrowski. The name Nox Arcana is derived from two Latin words, which roughly translate to "mysteries of the night." Nox Arcana is primarily known for creating conceptual, themed soundtracks with classic horror and Gothic literary references. Many of their albums also contain hidden riddles and interactive puzzles.

Nox Arcana's debut album, Darklore Manor, was featured as the musical score for the WB's televised special of the 1922 silent film classic, "Nosferatu", and has spawned a book of original horror stories, "The Legend of Darklore Manor and Other Tales of Terror". Their soundtracks have also been used in theatrical productions of Bram Stokers' "Dracula", Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein", Edgar Allan Poe's "The Pit and The Pendulum" and Lewis Carrol's "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". Their music is used by professional magicians and dance troupes, aired on the Fox TV show "So You Think You Can Dance," and appears in several games like Civilization IV, Warhammer and Into The Dark. During the Halloween season the music of Nox Arcana can be heard throughout haunted attractions and theme parks around the world, including Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Six Flags, and Knott’s Berry Farm.

Several of Nox Arcana's concept albums pay tribute to classic authors: Transylvania, ventures into the land of vampires, musically expounding upon Bram Stoker's Dracula. Necronomicon pays homage to H.P. Lovecraft. Blackthorn Asylum explores the horrors of a forsaken 19th century sanitarium with an original storyline that expands upon Lovecraft's "From Beyond." Carnival Of Lost Souls takes listeners inside an old-fashioned traveling circus in the tradition of Ray Bradbury’s short story "Something Wicked This Way Comes." Shadow Of The Raven is a tribute to 21 horror stories by Edgar Allan Poe, while Grimm Tales brings the childhood nightmares of the Brothers Grimm to music.

Nox Arcana created the music for Blood of Angels in 2006, an album featuring vocals and lyrics by author and vocalist Michelle Belanger. Nox Arcana also delved into the realms of fantasy with Blood Of The Dragon, which opened at #4 on Amazon's New Age chart in its first week of release. Phantoms Of The High Seas explores the mysteries of the deep with a ghostly adventure steeped in pirate lore. Their gothic-Christmas release Winter's Knight peaked at #8 on the Billboard Music Chart for Best Holiday Album in 2006 and 2007.

In 2009 Nox Arcana became a solo project of Joseph Vargo, who is the sole composer and musician on Blackthorn Asylum and all subsequent albums, with William Piotrowski still providing the engineering. Winter's Eve and Winter's Majesty continue the medieval winter holiday theme. Theater Of Illusion is set in an old Vaudeville theater on Halloween night. The Dark Tower is based on Vargo's original "Dark Tower" book series which follows the story of a vampire lord in his quest to solve ancient mysteries surrounding an accursed keep. Vargo also composed the music for two Buzz-Works albums, Zombie Influx and House of Nightmares, as well as the musical scores for the cable series Eerie America and the upcoming computer game The Cabinets of Doctor Arcana. Vargo has also written songs for albums by Midnight Syndicate, Acid Witch, and Legion Of The Damned.

In October 2013, Vargo released "Legion of Shadows" as a dedication to fans and to mark Nox Arcana's 10 year anniversary. Piotrowski simultaneously debuted "Crimson Winter", an original motion picture soundtrack for a vampire film of the same name. In December of the same year Joseph released "Ebonshire", a digital volume of songs for the winter holiday season.

Over the past decade, Nox Arcana has released a total of 20 full-length albums, comprising more than 400 compositions, with no duplication or reissues.
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Nox Arcana Discography

Albums

MG 1001 Nox Arcana Darklore Manor(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1001 US 2003 Sell This Version
MG 1002 Nox Arcana Necronomicon(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1002 US 2004 Sell This Version
MG 1004 Nox Arcana Transylvania(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1004 US 2005 Sell This Version
MG 1003 Nox Arcana Winter's Knight(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1003 US 2005 Sell This Version
MG 1007 Nox Arcana Blood Of The Dragon(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1007 US 2006 Sell This Version
MG 1006 Michelle Belanger and Nox Arcana Michelle Belanger and Nox Arcana - Blood Of Angels(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1006 US 2006 Sell This Version
MG 1005 Nox Arcana Carnival Of Lost Souls(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1005 US 2006 Sell This Version
MG 1008 Nox Arcana Shadow Of The Raven(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1008 US 2007 Sell This Version
MG 1009 Nox Arcana Grimm Tales(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1009 US 2008 Sell This Version
MG 1010 Nox Arcana Phantoms Of The High Seas(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1010 US 2008 Sell This Version
BW 01 Buzz-Works, Nox Arcana Buzz-Works, Nox Arcana - Zombie Influx(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics BW 01 USA & Canada 2009 Sell This Version
MG 1012 Nox Arcana Winter's Eve(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1012 US 2009 Sell This Version
MG 1011 Nox Arcana Blackthorn Asylum(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1011 US 2009 Sell This Version
MG 1013 Nox Arcana Theater Of Illusion(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1013 US 2010 Sell This Version
MG 1014 Buzz-Works, Nox Arcana Buzz-Works, Nox Arcana - House Of Nightmares(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG 1014 USA & Canada 2010 Sell This Version
MG-1015 Nox Arcana The Dark Tower(CD, Album) Monolith Graphics MG-1015 US 2011 Sell This Version
MG 1016 Nox Arcana Winter's Majesty(CD) Monolith Graphics MG 1016 US 2012 Sell This Version
MG 1017 Nox Arcana Legion Of Shadows(CD) Monolith Graphics MG 1017 USA & Canada 2013 Sell This Version
MG 1021 Nox Arcana Gothic(CD) Monolith Graphics MG 1021 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

MG 1019 Nox Arcana Ebonshire : Volume 1(3xFile, AAC, MP3, EP) Monolith Graphics MG 1019 US 2013
MG 1020 Nox Arcana Ebonshire : Volume 2(4xFile, AAC, MP3, EP) Monolith Graphics MG 1020 US 2014
MG 1022 Nox Arcana Ebonshire : Volume 3(4xFile, AAC, MP3, EP) Monolith Graphics MG 1022 US 2015